Jamie Burke is back in a Seattle uniform, and while that may or may not make the Mariners a better team – he replaces, temporarily, the hamstrung Kenji Johjima – it's a feel-good move for the team.
This spring, Burke was a non-roster invitee who didn't make the team. Youth was served when Rob Johnson was selected to be Johjima's backup. Burke didn't complain, just went to Tacoma and did the best he could there.
Nicer men are hard to find in baseball or any where else. Burke has worked hard to learn the craft of catching the and the body-ruining tactics over the years. As a result, he can help a young pitcher through a tough inning, assist a veteran during a struggle. On the bench, he can help tutor pitchers and, yes, Johnson.
While he's in uniform, Burke will help the Seattle Mariners. And a man who's chased baseball his entire life will enjoy every moment of it.
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